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The Board of Directors of VIA CDC (formerly known as Layton Boulevard West Neighbors or LBWN), a leading nonprofit on Milwaukee’s South Side, announced today that Brianna Sas-Pérez, its Executive Director, will be stepping down. Current plans call for Sas-Pérez to continue to serve as Executive Director until their departure, which currently is anticipated to be March 1, 2022.
“Over the last decade, Brianna has infused the organization with passion for VIA’s mission and operational excellence, making sure those most impacted are at the center of our decision-making” said Board Chair, Marjorie Rucker. “Today, guided by Brianna’s thoughtful leadership, VIA is positioned to take on exciting opportunities in housing, economic development and community engagement that build stronger, healthier Milwaukee neighborhoods. We are full of gratitude for Brianna, and excited for the future of VIA CDC.”
Sas-Pérez, who started as a Community Outreach Manager and has led as VIA’s Executive Director for the last five years, plans to continue living and working in Milwaukee. Sas Pérez said, “I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside such visionary and committed neighbors, entrepreneurs, coworkers and others. VIA would not be where it is today if it weren’t for our partners and our community who believe in, and work for, a world where every place equips every person to reach their full potential.“
The next Executive Director will join the organization at an exciting moment in its history. VIA will be continuing to further its mission as a partner in building neighborhoods where all of us can thrive: collaborating on the Milwaukee Collective Affordable Housing Plan goal to advance racial equity by providing a quality, affordable home for every Milwaukeean; deepening its commitment to supporting minority small business owners for equitable economic opportunity; and celebrating over a decade’s work of advocacy, planning and partnerships that birthed a multi-million renovation of Burnham Park.
The search for VIA’s next Executive Director is underway. The full job description can be found at www.viacdc.org.
VIA Community Development Corporation (VIA CDC) acts like a puzzle-maker, putting together the puzzle pieces for a great quality of life – pieces like a healthy built environment, equitable economic opportunity and grassroots community leaders. VIA is a partner in building strong, healthy neighborhoods where all of us can thrive. For more information, visit www.viacdc.org.